NOLA Navy Week, April 23-29, will bring six of the world’s most advanced naval vessels and lots of family fun to the banks of the Mississippi River in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Sailors from Great Britain and Canada will join the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard for a full week of activities including onboard ship tours, concerts, a seafood cook-off and fireworks.
The event is sponsored by the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
The USS Wasp, USS James E. Williams, USS Cole, HMCS Athabaskan, HMS Lancaster and USCGC Dauntless will arrive in New Orleans on Thursday, berthing between the Thalia Street Wharf and the Governor Nicholls Street Wharf. There will be a Navy Concert Band performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans.
Public tours of the vessels will begin Friday, when the ships will be open from noon to 5 p.m., except for the USS Wasp, which will open at 2 p.m. Group tours of the boats will be offered on the mornings of Friday and Monday; to register for a group tour, visit NOLANavyWeek.com/private-tour-signup.
Other highlights of the NOLA Navy Week schedule are:
Friday : NOLA Navy Week Gala, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., National World War II Museum Freedom Pavillion, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. For tickets, visit NOLANavyWeek.com/event/nola-navy-week-gala.
Saturday : HMCS Athabaskan and HMS Lancaster open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; USCGC Dauntless open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; USS Wasp, USS Cole and USS James E. Williams open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Navy Brass Band performance at National World War II Museum at 1 p.m.
Sunday : HMCS Athabaskan and HMS Lancaster open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Navy and Coast Guard ships open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Navy Brass Band performance at Spanish Plaza at 11 a.m.; seafood cook-off at Spanish Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Navy Concert Band performance at St. Louis Cathedral, 4 p.m.
Monday : The USCGC Dauntless will depart in the morning. The remaining ships will be open for public tours from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a Navy Band performance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the sunset parade and fireworks at 8 p.m.
Tuesday : The ships will be open for public tours from noon to 5 p.m.
Wednesday : There will be a Blessing of the Fleet at 8 a.m. and a Ringing of the Bells at 9 a.m., after which the ships will depart.